Military history

Beaumont Hamel: Newfoundland Park

Beaumont Hamel: Newfoundland Park

Supported by maps and photographs, this guidebook describes the fighting that took place around Beaumont Hamel, one of many villages along the Western Front of World War I.

The Dominion of Newfoundland purchased Newfoundland Park after the war, a decision which led to the creation of the finest trench park on the Western Front. The park was named to commemorate the Royal Newfoundland Regiment's tragic part in the action of July 1, 1916; the eighty-acre site included most of the ground over which the regiment attacked.

Today, Newfoundland Park is a memorial to all the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who fought in WWI, including those who have no known grave. It is one of only two Canadian Historic Sites outside Canada.


Chapter 1. Beaumont Hamel and the First Day of the Somme

Chapter 2. Beaumont Hamel and the Early Days of the Battle of the Ancre, 13 November 1916

Chapter 3. That Fatal Mine: The Hawthorne Mine 1 July and 13 November 1916

Chapter 4. Lancashire Fusiliers: in the Line and Over the Top

Chapter 5. Filming the War

Chapter 6. Newfoundland’s Day of Heroism and Disaster: 1 July 1916

Chapter 7. The Proving of Harper’s Duds: 13 November 1916

Chapter 8. Saving the Wounded

Chapter 9. The Royal Naval Division’s First Battle on the Western Front: 13 November 1916

Chapter 10. The Hero of the Ancre: Bernard Freyberg, VC

Chapter 11. The Tank and the Battle of the Ancre, November 1916

Chapter 12. A Tragedy of War

Chapter 13. Here we are again

Chapter 14. The Cemeteries and the Memorials

Chapter 15. Behind the Lines: A car tour both sides of the line

Chapter 16. Car and Walking tours of the Beaumont Hamel area

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